A night after Team USA landed in the silver medal position in the team free skate competition thanks to a pumped-up pairs routine to Daft Punk, French skater Adam Siao Him Fa wowed the crowd on Tuesday (Feb. 8) in his Winter Olympic debut with another unusual, fresh musical choice.
Wearing a black black Jedi outfit and matching gloves, three-time French silver medalist Siao Him Fa, 21, made his mark with a killer run through his men’s short program, cued to a hip-hop-inspired remix of Star Wars theme music arranged by Maxime Rodriguez. The routine opened with the signature, ominous sound of Darth Vader’s labored breathing, which segued into some of John Williams’ iconic score from the nine-part space epic as the Frenchman from Bordeaux spun, twisted and swung his arms to the sounds of light sabers and blasters.
Commenter Johnny Weir told viewers that “when he skates well this short program is electrifying, one of the best choreographic pieces of the season.”
“I don’t know about you guys, but I feel a disturbance in the force,” Weir’s bestie and co-host, fellow former figure skater Tara Lipinski added before the music took a sudden turn (and Siao Him Fa, unfortunately, took an unexpected tumble).
Mid-way through, some heavier beats creeped in and suddenly Sia Him Fa was sliding across the ice to a hip-hop remix of Williams’ ominous “Imperial March (Darth Vader’s Theme)” during a dazzling step sequence that lit up the sparse audience in the arena and made Twitter blow up with praise for the bold musical choice.
For the record, his short program score of 86.74 should be enough to quality Siao Him Fa for the next round of the men’s individual competition, which is slated to take place on Thursday (Feb. 10).
Watch some footage of the routine below and check out the ecstatic Twitter reaction.
I want Adam Siao Him Fa’s Star Wars short (and free!!) to go viral it’s what he deserves. pic.twitter.com/RiNwyoceq4
— chin (@beyonchie) February 8, 2022
— 𝐳𝐢𝐞𝐫𝐫𝐚𝐡 (@JINS0N94) February 8, 2022
ADAM SIAO HIM FA OF FRANCE DID A STAR WARS THEMED SKATE DRESSED LIKE ANAKIN pic.twitter.com/HMuszHlbxM
— Mary Fan 🐲 范诗蓉 (@AstralColt) February 8, 2022
ADAM SIAO HIM FA DRESSED AS A JEDI AND SKATING TO STAR WARS??? OLYMPIC BOYBOSS pic.twitter.com/XmY2Qu7Lmd
— mayo (@oviliut) February 8, 2022
WAIT ADAM SIAO HIM FA IS SKATING TO STAR WARS!!!!!!! MY WORLDS ARE COLLIDING pic.twitter.com/YoX3kkVruu
— hellyu wave (@bobaheadshark) February 8, 2022
LIKE HE DID AN AERIAL?!?!?! AND A LIGHT SABER FIGHT?! IN THE STEP SEQUENCE?! AND HE ATTEMPTED A TWO QUAD SHORT PROGRAM?!?! OH MY FUCKING GOD THAT WAS INCREDIBLE!!!!!! ADAM SIAO HIM FA!!!!!!
— beck😷🐩🐶4A (@troglobite_type) February 8, 2022